Rena Lu – Researcher

Rena is a rising junior in high school. She’s involved in activities like Mock Trial and Academic Decathlon and hopes to eventually go to law school. There’s a lot of things she hopes to do through this project, but above all she hopes someone takes something away from Queen Bee and pursues their goals irregardless of the obstacles that might lay in their path.


Aylin Sofuoglu – Researcher

Aylin’s an incoming UC Davis freshmen at the college of agricultural and environmental sciences. She’s passionate about motivating women towards their goals. Additionally, she’s a major advocate for environmental justice. During her time at Queen Bee Project, she wants to bring awareness to the oppression that women face in society and hopes that individuals will reach for their goals, regardless of the challenges that may occur.


Justa Lopez – Researcher

Justa Lopez

Justa Daniela Lopez is from Phoenix, Arizona. She just recently graduated a year early with her Bachelors in Political Science and Global Studies. This fall she’ll be a first year graduate student at Arizona State University. In her free time she works on her political blog United Politics! Currently she’s working on a City Council campaign in her hometown as a Lead Field Organizer, which she’s super excited about. 


Srisahiti Maddipatla – Researcher

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Srisahiti Maddipatla is a rising high school sophomore, and she is extremely passionate about scientific research in biology and neuroscience, reading, writing, and empowering young girls. She enjoys learning about various topics around the world, and she is very passionate about everything she does. She also love inspiring others through her writing, and she started her own blog called NeuroPath that is based on promoting and sharing brain research.


Gabbie Gonzales – Writer

Gabbie is a 15-year-old high school student and political activist from New Mexico. Serving as the youngest vice president to ever lead her local young Democrats chapter, executive director of Generation Ratify’s NM coalition, ACLU National Advocacy Institute student, American Battlefield Trust Youth Leadership Team member, and volunteer to both in and out of state political campaigns including NM-3 congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez, Gabbie is incredibly passionate about increasing political engagement and education at the state & national levels. As a staff writer for the Queen Bee Project, she works to identify the intersections between academia, feminism, and of course, politics in writing for the organization.


Adrija Kundu – Writer

Adrija Kundu

Adrija is a freshman from New Jersey. Since 3rd grade, she’s been participating in geography competitions and her passion for geography and her love for travel go hand in hand – she’s participated in a multitude of geography competitions at state, national, and international levels and they’ve really shaped her understanding of the world (and provided to her the opportunity to travel to different cities in order to compete). Geography has also inspired her interests in art originating from different corners of the world. In school, she’s involved in a variety of clubs including Quiz Bowl and Girls Who Code. Overall, being a girl whose life has greatly been impacted by competitions, she’s
really looking forward to working with the Queen Bee Project Team!


Sydnee Yu – Project Manager

Sydnee is a rising senior from Folsom, CA. Her experience studying abroad in Japan solidified her goals to pursue a career in foreign service and international relations post graduation. Having participated in academic competitions like mock trial, she hopes that the Queen Bee Project is able to leave students feeling inspired and empowered not only in academic settings but also their daily lives. She is especially excited to share the stories of the incredible female leaders around Sacramento.